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Dressing for the Super Bowl is like wearing a tacky sweater at Christmastime -- you only have the opportunity once a year, so you may as well go big. Before choosing your Super Bowl party outfit, though, you have to choose your allegiance. If your hometown heroes are in the big game, then your work is practically done -- you know who you're rooting for. Otherwise, you have a big decision to make because by the time you're dressed, everyone will know whose side you're on.
Maybe you don't feel like getting super dressed up or you're getting ready in a rush. Don't worry because there's a simple solution: The team jersey. No matter what else you wear, if you're sporting a jersey, your outfit is complete -- you've declared your commitment not only to a team, but to your favorite player. If you don't have a jersey already, be warned that top-notch licensed gear can be on the pricey side, especially if you're only buying it for the big game. An easy alternative is going for the lower-quality or even knockoff jerseys, which aren't as heavy or durable but are perfect for infrequent use.
Logos and Licenses
If dressing up like a football player isn't your thing, you can still deck yourself out in team logos and licensed gear to show your love. Go for a bold look, like a logo tee, or something a little more subtle, like a temporary face tattoo, logo earrings or even a baseball cap. You don't need to go overboard -- unless, of course, you want to look like the crazy fan you are -- so one or two team logos is usually enough.
You can still make your team love conspicuous without looking like you cleared out the stadium souvenir stand -- just put together an ensemble featuring your team's colors. If you're a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, wear an outfit with black and gold -- you can use everything from yellow nail polish to gold jewelry. If you've always been a New England Patriots girl, wear some red, white and blue -- the way you do it is up to you, so long as all your team's colors are represented.
Whatever you wear, be sure of two things: It has to be comfortable and it has to be battle-ready. You're going to be jumping up and down, chest bumping, high fiving, touchdown dancing and in-your-facing all night, so you have to be able to move around comfortably. For that same reason, your outfit has to be suitable for a potentially messy environment. Beers get spilled, chip dips go flying across the room, and tortillas break and drop salsa all over your lap. Don't wear anything you aren't prepared to see weathering damage, especially if you're getting in on the halftime "touch" football game going on outside.